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A proposal that would let people with concealed-weapons licenses bring their guns to churches or other religious institutions that share properties with schools is heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Clay County Fire Rescue

Clay County Fire Rescue and the Orange Park Fire Department battled an overnight blaze at St. Simon Baptist Church in the 1300 block of Miller Street.

Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

The Diocese of St. Augustine has posted guidance on its website from leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops suggesting Catholics steer clear of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine if the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna alternatives are available, citing moral concerns about the vaccine’s development.

First Baptist Church Rendering Shows Exterior Refresh

Feb 12, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown’s First Baptist Church of Jacksonville will give the Lindsay Memorial Auditorium an exterior face-lift as part of a $1.78 million renovation.

A Miami police sergeant holds a handgun that was turned in during a gun buyback program held at the Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church in this 2016 file photo.

A proposal that would expand the authority of people to carry concealed firearms at religious institutions is moving forward in the Florida Senate.

Black faith-leaders across Florida are joining health experts in encouraging communities of color to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They've formed a task force to spread their message. Tallahassee pastor R.B. Holmes says he will lead by example and take the vaccine.

"All of us have buried, ministered, and comforted thousands of people who have died or dying from the virus; this is one battle that we cannot sit out," Holmes says.

Jacksonville Daily Record

The Church of Eleven22 announced Jan. 5 that it bought 55 acres for its first campus in St. Johns County.

First Baptist Church Abandons Plan To sell Most Of Downtown Jax Campus

Aug 4, 2020
First Baptist Church / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville’s First Baptist Church will not pursue its plan to sell a majority of its Downtown campus and consolidate to “The Hobson Block” as offers to buy its property dwindled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rosen Group / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Church of Eleven22 is moving ahead with plans to open a North Jacksonville campus at Oceanway Crossing in North Jacksonville.

Some Catholics across Tampa Bay will soon be able to attend public Masses again. Just not on Sundays.

Diocese of St. Augustine / Via Facebook

Catholic church services in Northeast Florida are moving online for the foreseeable future.

Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church / Via YouTube

Like private and public institutions, house of worship are practicing social distancing, while at the same time trying to balance how to best continue to minister to their congregations and communities.

Business Brief: First Baptist Church Denied Demolition For Downtown Building

Feb 27, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission voted Wednesday to deny First Baptist Church a permit to demolish its Downtown building at 125 W. Church St., but the fate of the structure may not yet be decided.

Florida House of Representatives

An Ocala Senate Republican is following a Jacksonville House Democrat in filing a proposal  that would require high schools to offer elective courses in the study of the Bible and religion.

First Baptist Church Jacksonville

First Baptist Church Jacksonville made headlines last month when the church put about 90% of its downtown properties on the market.

Church Of Eleven22 Plans $15 Million Expansion

Oct 14, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Church of Eleven22 filed plans for a $15 million expansion of its San Pablo campus — $13 million more than its $2 million build-out of the property in 2012.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Not all Jacksonville churches have been affected by the steady drop in church membership nationwide.

Pastor: First Baptist Church Needs To Downsize Campus Because It's In 'Cardiac Arrest'

Sep 9, 2019
First Baptist Church / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

First Baptist Church Jacksonville Senior Pastor Heath Lambert thought it would be difficult to convince his congregation that a $30 million loan is the best way for the 181-year-old church to address a debt crisis and stop “bleeding from its pores.”

Florida House of Representatives

A legal nonprofit is warning state Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, to stop blocking constituents from commenting on or reacting to her Facebook posts. 


"Credible allegations" of sexual abuse of a minor were made against Father William Malone, who served at a Jacksonville Catholic church, according to a release Thursday from the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Florida House of Representatives

A bill that would require public high schools to offer an elective Bible study course cleared the House Pre K-12 Quality Subcommittee this week. Its sponsor, Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, is adamant her measure is constitutional.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

Harvest Baptist Church was preparing to build a new campus on property it bought along the Arlington Expressway when the call came with another option.

The Daily Record

Jehovah’s Witnesses will be holding three-day conventions at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on June 15-17 and June 29-July 1.

Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

Senior Pastor Mac Brunson announced during his Sunday service that is resigning his position at First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville.

Faith Matters 3/15/2018: Faith In The Workplace

Mar 15, 2018

Thursday on Faith Matters hosts Kyle Reese, Senior Pastor at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church and Executive Director of OneJax Nancy Broner took a look at religion in the workplace.

Christs Zion Inc. / Via Facebook

A Jacksonville pastor is calling for a three day fast as a way to try and end gun violence.

Adriel Ifland, 2007 / Flickr

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a law guaranteeing religious expression in schools.

The House version of the bill was sponsored by Rep. Kim Daniels, D-Jacksonville, who's also a pastor. When she presented it to the House in April, she said it clarifies what’s already legal.

Faith Matters: The Religious Minority Experience In Jacksonville

Jun 9, 2016

Jacksonville is seen as a religiously diverse city with many faiths represented. However, Christianity accounts for 94.4 percent of the religiously identified population.

What is it like for those in the other 5.6 percent?

On this edition of Faith Matters, hosts Kyle Reese and Nancy Broner explore what it means to be in the religious minority in Jacksonville, and hear from health care and military professionals about serving populations of multiple faiths.

Clay County Schools

Clay County School Superintendent Charlie Van Zant is defending mentions of his religious beliefs in his phone messages to parents. One parent says she’s uncomfortable with what she sees as his “editorializing” in official correspondence.

City of Jacksonville

Updated, 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 22:   

Every Jacksonville City Council meeting begins with an invocation — but the one before this evening’s meeting was different from all the others before it.